702's Phemelo Motene picks her top 5 at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

This year's Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair features Africa's best entrepreneurs and craftspeople.

With this year's theme ‘Well Made in Africa’, artists and entrepreneurs have arrived from all over the continent.

The event kicked off on a high note on Thursday, and Weekend Breakfast presenter Phemelo Motene was there, mic in hand, to find out more about the work behind beautiful products and crafts.

Her first stop was at the AKRAFO's exhibition. AKRAFO offers a wide range of organic and natural products with wellness properties, including teas and herbal teas, honey, jams, mineral water, and many other products.

Any art guru knows there's no way South Africa's Laduma Ngxokolo, the man behind MaXhosa by Laduma, would miss the fair.

His distinctive designs attracted Phemelo attention and he told her that he's always known he would be among Africa's best.

In 2010 when I started the brand, my first five samples looked so distinctive.

Laduma Ngxokolo, MaXhosa by Laduma

Then, Phemelo moved on to Africa’s west coast, Senegal! Textile designer, Johanna Bramble's curiosity and passion of traditional knowledge integrated into modern creativity. Phemelo loved her textile creations, and that bag!

The next stop was at the Honest Chocolate Cafe. Their chocolate has a 'deliciously distinct feel and taste', and is made with natural ingredients.

We use very natural ingredients. We don't use preservatives - organic where possible. As a brand we like to focus on the honest part of things as a business.

Michael de Klerk, Honest Chocolate

Time for some cocktails! The last stop was at the Time Anchor Distillery, Joburg's first brand of craft spirits.

Shanna-Rae says it all started as a hobby in her kitchen when she was a student.

Watch the video to find out what's in Phemelo's cocktail!

If you look at the Fair, it is it's 7th year. It was part of the evolution because of where we are located in Johannesburg. There are many people who live here from all over the continent and world. It was very natural of us to get a direction of embracing the continent.

Mandla Sibeko, CEO of the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

The fair ends on Sunday, 16 October.

See photo gallery below for more pictures from the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair


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